European shares closed lower on Wednesday, with investors reacting to disappointing data and concerns about escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine.
Euro zone data disappoints
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 closed provisionally 0.9 percent lower at 1,323.25 points. It pared some losses after U.S. stocks turned hire during the European afternoon.
Markets have been hit by the possibility of an interest rate hike in the U.S., but on Wednesday, traders said were mostly focused on events in Ukraine, as well as weak data from the euro zone.